Membership Matters: Value Testimonials: Leslie Torburn

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Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT (Sacramento, CA)

Being a member of APTA allows me to be part of the collective voice of our profession.

APTA and my state chapter, the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), work to help ensure that regulations and payment policies allow me to continue to do the work I love and to be paid for doing that work.

I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy being a physical therapist. Throughout my career of 30+ years, I have seen many political challenges that, if left unchecked, could have led to a decline in our ability to practice and to be paid to practice. Without the work of APTA and CPTA I do not think we would be enjoying the freedom and financial rewards that allow us to practice as we do.

APTA gives the collective voices of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant members around the country the opportunity to be heard as one as they work toward a common cause. The collection of individuals who make up APTA has advanced the science and practice of physical therapy to what it is today and have planted the seeds for what it will be tomorrow.

I am unable to separate the value of being a physical therapist from the value of APTA. They each exist as they are today because of the other.

I am honored to be a physical therapist. I do not think I would be as fulfilled as I am in this profession without the support and achievements of APTA.

I support the association of the profession that supports me!

Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT, practices in Sacramento, California, at the motion analysis laboratory of Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California, and at Stanford Children's Hospital. She is also an ergonomic consultant.

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